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Ikea recalls the Ficus Microcarpa Ginseng plant due to the presence of a nematode

Ikea recalls their " FICUS Microcarpa Ginseng " products due to the presence of the nematode (worm) Meloidogyne. This is not dangerous for human health but is harmful to plants.

IKEA urges all customers who bought a FICUS Microcarpa Ginseng in pot sizes 14 cm and 22 cm between January 1 and March 31, 2023, in Belgium, to contact IKEA for a full refund.

"Compliance is a top priority for Ikea. This is why we are recalling FICUS Microcarpa Ginseng plants in 14 cm and 22 cm pots due to non-compliance, because a Meloidogyne, a kind of nematode (worm), was found on the roots. The Meloidogyne is a quarantine nematode according to EU regulation," the Ikea team says.

Meloidogyne poses no risk to the safety or health of consumers but constitutes a danger to plants. There is currently no possible treatment for this nematode.

Ikea also advises putting the plant in double plastic bags before transporting them to minimize the risk of the spread of the Meloidogyne.

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